Burke Eclipses 1,000 Career Points in Win over Illinois
Guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) scored a game-high 26 points to become the seventh sophomore in program history to reach 1,000 career points, helping the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 7 AP, No. 7 ESPN/USA Today) sweep Illinois, 71-58, on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 24) inside Crisler Center. U-M held a 43-27 second-half point advantage to win its fifth straight over the Illini.
Also contributing in double-digit scoring were junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) and freshman guard Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
U-M shot 25 of 49 (51 percent) from the floor in the game while holding the Illini to just 21-of-51 (41 percent) from the field. The Wolverines forced Illinois into 13 turnovers, including nine steals, off which they scored 27 points.
Trailing 21-13 after 12 minutes of play, freshman guard Spike Albrecht (Crown Point, Ind./Northfield Mount Hermon Prep [Mass.]) hit a triple to start an 8-0 Wolverine run, which Robinson capped with a slam to tie the game at 21-all. The Illini then scored three straight points, before a Hardaway old-fashioned three-point play gave U-M its first lead of the game, 26-24, at the 3:30 mark. Illinois hit a triple as time expired to go up, 31-28, at the half.
A Robinson basket and Burke three-pointer three minutes into the second half gave U-M the lead for good, 37-34. After forcing Illinois into a turnover on the other end, senior/junior forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) found Robinson in the lane with a no-look pass for another dunk. Then, Robinson grabbed a steal on the next play and finished with a fastbreak one-handed slam to give Michigan the seven-point edge (41-34).
The game featured even play for the next nine minutes, until Burke and freshman guard Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to extend the Wolverine advantage to 59-47 with 5:43 to play in the game. The Maize and Blue pushed its lead to as many as 17 points during the remainder of the game.
Michigan will hit the road on Wednesday (Feb. 27) looking to sweep Penn State inside the Bryce Jordan Crisler. Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network live from State College, Pa.